Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sport Lov!

Ok so I know that I haven't written in over a week but nothing much happened over my break. As I said before, I had a week off of school called Sport Lov. I didn't go do anything "Sporty" because I am going skiing for 2 weeks at the beginning of March.

I got my computer finally! Very ironic time to finally get it to because right now I have no internet acess at my house haha. The crazy amount of snow we have gotten in the past few days completly messed up the lines! Hopefully that will be fixed today. The snow is now up to my hips in some places out in the forest and where the all the shoveled snow is put (on the sides of the streets) the piles are wayyy taller then I am. There is just no where to put at all! haha It is definitly an interesting experience.

On Valentines day, after I wrote, I went over to Lisa's house and we and a few other girls hung out and made food before we went to youth group and hung out there. We didn't get home till about 1 so I spent the night at Lisas. Then I didn't do anything until Thursday. I went to Linköping with Lisa and we met up with Evan and saw Valentines day. It was an Ok movie. Better than I thought it would be haha. We gave Evan the awesome princess cupcakes we made him for winning a bet we made. =) I spent the night at Lisas again, haha transportation is a bit of a problem now because it is kind of a long drive back home and I can't make my host parents drive into town at midnight and bring me back home so it is way easier to just stay in town.

Now I am back at school for 2 weeks before I go to Grövelsjön and Åre. Super pumped!!

Kram, Haley

P.S More pictures when I get my internet acess back!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines day!!!

So since I last posted not a lot has gone on in my new country life haha. Today is Valentines day and I'm in a happy mood, but it's a little dissappointing because no one here really celebrates Valentines day. No Valentine exchanging with tons of chocolate and candy this year. That's ok though =).

This past wednesday, we had a friluftsdag. Which basically translated means fresh air day. It is the day where you get out of school to go do stuff outdoors and get some good 'ol winter air. You could choose from skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, hiking and various other things. My friends and I chose to go ice skating. The ironic thing as that it was snowing so much that we had to go to the indoor arena instead of the out doors one. Kind of defeats the purpose of fresh air, but it was fun all the same. We skated around and goofed off. =) After lunch the snow had stopped so we went outside and played a gameof Bandy (Kind of like hocky but faster and with a little ball) When we were done with that I went over to the Åsens and baked a little before it was time to pick Evan up from the train station. We then went and watched a game of real Bandy. It was fun but so cold. We had to stand outsidefor the 2 hour game and we froze haha.

This week I am on Sport Lov, the week you get off school to go on skiing trips and stuff. I am not going anywhere because I am going on two skiing trips in the beginning of March. So I will tell you what I did after the break, but it wont be too exciting. =)

Till next time, Haley

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Even though nothing much has happened since my last post. I though I would write in here a little because I have a bit of time to kill.

First of all, my views on here got to 2000! Thank you guys so much for reading my blog, I really like sharing what is happening on exchange and I hope you enjoy reading it. =)

Second of all, I promise pictures will be up on facebook soon. It's just a matter of taking the time to put them up.

Third of all, this weekend the new exchange student, Michael, stayed the weekend at my house in the country. He will be staying with them after I leave around the 22 of July. So on Saturday, we practiced our cross country skiing skills for a while since we will be doing it for a week up in Grövelsjön. Then later in the day we went to a family friends house to join in on the sauna club. As most of you know sauna is a big thing here in scandinavia. Not nearly as big in Sweden as it is in Finland, but you get the point. The basic idea of sauna is to be in there for a long time to cleanse your skin and your body. I had never done it before this past weekend so this was all new to me. When we got there, it was a tad akward for me being the only young lady and one out of the 3 that had a bathing suit on. The women had towels but the men... Nada. A little weird at first but after an hour the weirdness kind of goes away especially since I was expected to have conversations with these men. They all got a little chuckle out of me being there. haha. The next thing we did after about 20 minutes was go and roll in the snow in only our bathing suits. COLD!! But really fun, I kind of dive bombed in and then crawled out really fast and sprinted to to sauna again. Then after about another 20 minutes we decided we were brave enough to take a dip in the freezing river. I mean this literally too, there was a hole cut in the ice so we could jump and get out really fast. It felt kind of good actually because we were so sweaty from the sauna that we wanted the cold water. So that was my adventure for Saturday. Of course Sunday was a resting day, and boy did we need it!

Kram, Haley

Friday, February 5, 2010

Side Note...

I just realized that my page view counter is at the year I was born, 1993, haha just thought it was cool. Come on 2000! =)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Sorry last time I got cut off because I had to go to lunch so I can finish now...

So after we got to get aquainted with the new ones, we got out on the ice. The rotarians tried to teach us how to curl but no one ended up being very good but it was so much fun! I promise pictures soon! The basic idea of the game is to slide a huge granite rock across the court and make it stop in the target. Herder than it seems because there is a lot of tecnique to it. After we were done with the curling and sufficiantly bruised up =), we went over to Lorena's (Mexican exchange student) house and hung out till it was time for us to either take a train home or go to the house we were sleeping at. Michael and I stayed at a rebound exchange students house who was in Australia last year. It was fun to talk about his experience with him. The next morning, we went to the train station and left Norrköping at 10. Later that day I moved families. I moved about a month and a half earlier than I was originally supposed to but it is for the better, I promise. My new family is out in the countryside about 45 minutes from the city. So there is a bit of a drive in the morning before school, that means I'm back to waking up at 6, just like at school back home. I will definitly tell you guys more about them when I get to know them better! =)


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

SO much fun!

Sorry that it's been a week since I last wrote but on top of not really having a computer at home, I was crazy busy. After I wrote I was over at either the Åsens or Lisas house everyday baking and what not.

On Thursday I went over to Lisas and we had a sleepover with a few other girls because we had a free day on Friday. So I made some brownies from home and biked over. It was so great because the theme was American night! Everything was red white and blue and we ate all american food. For dinner we had buffalo wings and fries. For dessert we had Ben & Jerrys and brownies and doughnuts. So yummy! I was so happy, I hadn't had buffalo wings in 6 months! Then we watched Benjamin Button and fell asleep.

On friday it got even better because we had an American breakfast! Talk about good! There were pancakes, eggs and bacon and bagels. After everyone left Lisa and I went into town to Fika with Michael. When we were done with that I went home for a little while then Lisa came and picked me up for a Sex and the City Marathon Party. There were about 5 or 6 of us and we just sat around watching TV. We even had tacos!

Saturday we had to wake up and get on the train right away. Michael and I met up with Evan on the way. When we got to Norrköping we went to the curling hall and got to meet the other exchange students that came from Australia and New Zealand